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Desert Botanical Garden Announces Adult Education Programming

September 24, 2021

Phoenix, Sept. 24, 2021 – Desert Botanical Garden announces a new series of fun and life-enriching experiences for adults. Garden Go: Learn Now will offer photography, culinary, wellness and landscaping classes at the Garden and off-site venues throughout the Valley starting in October.

“We hope to deepen the Garden’s commitment to lifelong learning for adult learners in the Phoenix area with a variety of new and expanded educational offerings,” says Marie Long, the Garden’s Director of Education. “By partnering with local venues and local instructors, these adult education programs will provide guests and members a unique experience only the Garden can provide.”

Guests can purchase classes for Garden Go: Learn individually.

This fall, the Garden is launching a new event: Desert Sol. Awaken your senses and soothe your soul with the healing power of nature. Experience and connect with a variety of cultural and healing traditions from around the world. Relax and restore your energy and creativity as you explore activities including yoga, cooking demonstrations, educational talks, world music performances and so much more.

The list of classes for Garden Go: Learn Now are listed below.

Sunset Yoga

Oct. 5, 7, 11 and 14

5-6 p.m.

$16 Members, $20 General Public

Desert Botanical Garden – Binns Wildflower Pavilion

Yoga is one of the oldest techniques that focuses on the body, mind and spirit connection to enhance health and well-being. You will be guided as you expand your consciousness and listen to the sounds of the Garden in the warmth of the last sun-lit hours of the afternoon, instructed by De La Sol Yoga. All levels welcome. This class is outdoors; please dress appropriately for the weather.

FALL GARDENING PACKAGE

Fall Gardening: Seeds and Propagation

Friday, Oct. 8

4-5 p.m.

$35 Members, $44 General Public

Desert Botanical Garden – Hazel Hare Center Learning Lab

In this class, learn the uses of different types of organic seeds and the difference between heirloom and hybrid seeds. Learn about seed collection, propagation and germination to get you ready for fall vegetable planting. All materials included, no experience necessary, please bring gardening gloves. Instructed by horticulturist, Carol Stuttard.

Fall Gardening: Vegetable Basics

Saturday, Nov. 6

1-2 p.m.

$30 Members, $38 General Public

Off-site Location – more information coming soon.

Get your hands dirty and learn how to grow healthy, organic fall vegetables. Learn soil preparation, companion planting and when to plant. In this hands-on class, explore the basics of vegetable gardening in low desert climates, including new varieties you may never have heard of and how to grow them yourself from seed. Perfect for beginners, but all levels welcome. This class is outdoors; please dress appropriately for the weather, bring garden gloves and water. Instructed by horticulturist, Carol Stuttard.

Herbal Remedies & Tinctures

Monday, Oct. 11

2-3:15 p.m.

$35 Members, $44 General Public

Desert Botanical Garden – Hazel Hare Center Learning Lab

From digestive issues to insomnia, herbal remedies are used for healing for centuries. The Sonoran Desert provides an abundance of plants with practical health benefits. Join Jesús Cuauhtémoc Villa, a curandero, as he shares his family’s ancestral healing traditions and explains how to choose high-quality herbs. Prepare and take home your own DIY herb container, herbal remedy tinctures and enjoy a leisurely Garden walk.

Tradition through Tamales

Saturday, Oct. 16

6-6:30 p.m.

$57 Members, $70 General Public

Desert Botanical Garden – Hazel Hare Center Learning Lab

Tamales exemplify the culture, travel and tradition that shape modern Mexican cuisine. Originating as early as 8,000 to 5,000 B.C, indigenous communities used the tamale, or tamalli, as an easy meal while traveling from region to region. To this day, the tamale is a seasonal dish that brings back memories of childhood, family gatherings and winter in the Southwest. Learn how to prepare delicious masa, meats and the delightful sauces with Maria Parra Cano from Sana Sana Foods.

Sunrise Tai Chi

Tuesdays & Thursdays | Oct. 19, 21, 26 & 28

8-9 a.m.

$16 Members, $20 General Public

Desert Botanical Garden – Binns Wildflower Pavilion

A garden is the traditional setting for the ancient flowing movements of Tai Chi, one of the most beneficial of the mind, body and spirit healing arts. Explore and practice movements that improve breathing, reduces stress and stimulates the mind Instructed by Yuri Grevtsev. All levels welcome. This class is held outdoors; please dress appropriately for the weather.

Desert Sound Meditation

Saturday, Oct. 23

9-10 a.m.

$27 Members, $34 General Public

Desert Botanical Garden – Binns Wildflower Pavilion

Take a deep breath, and let the powerful sounds of singing bowls, gongs, drums, flutes and other instruments take you on a journey of relaxation and meditation. Instructed by experienced sound practitioner, Hamid Jabbar. Participants will be seated or laying down for entirety of class and are encouraged to bring a mat. All levels welcome. This class is held outdoors; please dress appropriately for the weather.

Southwestern Indigenous Foods: Fall Tastings

Saturday, Nov. 13

11 a.m.-12:00 p.m.

$52 Members, $65 General Public

Offsite Location – Phoenix Indian School Visitor Center

300 E Indian School Rd, Phoenix, AZ 85012

The Sonoran Desert has sustained Native people for centuries, who continue to grow and cultivate wild species on their respective reservation lands to this day. Learn how indigenous ingredients such as mesquite flour, Pima Club wheat berries and tepary beans can be transformed into delicious recipes. Experience this special fall tasting with Brandy Button from Ramona Farms as she creates a seasonal soup and dessert; vegan or vegetarian option can be accommodated. The class includes a cooking demonstration and food tasting, as well as a unique gallery tour of the Phoenix Indian School Visitor Center.

Desert Sol: Step into the Sunshine Kick-off Weekend

Saturday & Sunday | Oct. 2-3

8 a.m.-1 p.m.

Included with garden admission or membership

Awaken your senses and soothe your soul with the healing power of nature. Experience and connect with a variety of cultural and healing traditions from around the world. Relax and restore your energy and creativity as you explore activities including yoga, cooking demonstrations, educational talks, world music performances and so much more. Stay tuned and check-in for more information coming soon at DBG.org!

The safety of members, guests, staff and volunteers is the Garden’s primary concern. Advance ticket reservations are required. Face masks also are required in indoor spaces and when social distancing is not possible. Learn more about the Garden’s safety precautions at dbg.org/safety. Ready to plan your visit? For more information, call 480.941.1225 or visit dbg.org.

About Desert Botanical Garden
Discover the tranquil vibrancy of 50,000 desert plants nestled amid the red rocks of the Papago Buttes at Desert Botanical Garden. An Arizona icon for more than 82 years, the Garden has grown into a compelling attraction and desert conservation pioneer, offering worldly plants, vibrant trails, world-class exhibitions, festive events and so much more.

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